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Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims—Judicial Review of VA Decision Making

Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims—Judicial Review of VA Decision Making

Date: March 28, 2011
Creator: Reid Weimer, Douglas
Description: This report discusses legislation enacted by the 111th Congress to address funding, operations, and benefit appeal procedures within the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims (CAVC).
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Veterans' Benefits: Current Life Insurance Programs

Veterans' Benefits: Current Life Insurance Programs

Date: October 18, 2010
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: This report provides information on the current Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) life insurance programs available for servicemembers and veterans, management and administration issues, and associated policy issues and legislation.
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Health Care for Veterans: Suicide Prevention

Health Care for Veterans: Suicide Prevention

Date: February 23, 2016
Creator: Bagalman, Erin
Description: This report focuses on suicide prevention activities of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VHA's approach to suicide prevention is based on a public health framework, which has three major components: (1) surveillance, (2) risk and protective factors, and (3) interventions.
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Legal Issues Related to Proving “Service Connection” for VA Disability Compensation: Statutory Presumptions

Legal Issues Related to Proving “Service Connection” for VA Disability Compensation: Statutory Presumptions

Date: March 3, 2011
Creator: Reid Weimer, Douglas
Description: This report provides a basic overview of various statutory presumptions that help veterans substantiate a service-connected claim for disability compensation.
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"Who is a Veteran?"-Basic Eligibility for Veterans' Benefits

"Who is a Veteran?"-Basic Eligibility for Veterans' Benefits

Date: January 23, 2012
Creator: unknown
Description: This report examines the basic eligibility criteria for VA administered veterans' benefits, including the issue of eligibility of members of the National Guard and reserve components.
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2014 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2014 Appropriations

Date: April 1, 2014
Creator: Panangala, S. V.
Description: This report focuses on funding for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through the nation's largest integrated health care system.
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Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Date: February 25, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Bagalman, Erin
Description: This report provides responses to frequently asked questions about health care provided to veterans through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). It is intended to serve as a quick reference to provide easy access to information. Where applicable, it provides the legislative background pertaining to the question.
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Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

Date: November 18, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga; Shedd, Daniel T. & Moulta-Ali, Umar
Description: This report discusses presumptive service connection, its legislative history, and current challenges in making evidence-based determinations of presumptions. It also discusses the Agent Orange Act (P.L. 102-4) and suggests implications of the process established by the act for future presumptive service-connected determinations.
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Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

Veterans Affairs: Presumptive Service Connection and Disability Compensation

Date: September 13, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga; Scott, Christine; Weimer, Douglas R.; Moulta-Ali, Umar & Nichols, James E.
Description: The purpose of this report is to examine the very complex and sometimes controversial policy issue of establishing presumptive service connection. The material in it is based in large part on VA's "Analysis of Presumptions of Service Connection," and IOM's "Improving the Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process for Veterans" reports.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Date: July 27, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans through three major operating units, one of which is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), on which this report focuses. This report will track the FY2011 appropriations process for funding VHA, and will be updated as legislative activities warrant.
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The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post-9/11 GI Bill): Primer and Issues

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post-9/11 GI Bill): Primer and Issues

Date: July 28, 2014
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report provides a description of the eligibility requirements, benefit availability, benefit payments, participation, and obligations of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The report also describes a few issues that may be addressed by Congress.
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Overview of the Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Overview of the Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Date: April 29, 2013
Creator: Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report covers the current appeal process for veterans benefit claims. It ends with a description of current proposed legislation to alter the process.
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2015 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2015 Appropriations

Date: May 15, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report focuses on funding for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through the nation's largest integrated health care system.
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Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Date: November 19, 2008
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: This report examines the eligibility criteria and the fundamentals of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-administered disability benefit programs and related issues. It supplements and condenses the relevant materials that are available from the VA and its website. It also provides specific citations for further information and more in-depth analysis of information contained herein.
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Veterans' Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Duty to Assist Claimants

Veterans' Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Duty to Assist Claimants

Date: September 26, 2014
Creator: Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report analyzes court decisions that have examined the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) obligation to assist veterans during the claims process.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Date: July 29, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides a brief background on the veterans' health care system, followed by a discussion of the FY2009 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) budget request, and House and Senate Appropriation Committee action. The report concludes with a discussion of major VHA budget issues.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Date: September 22, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides a brief background on the veterans' health care system, followed by a discussion of the FY2009 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) budget request, and House and Senate Appropriations Committee action. The report concludes with a discussion of major VHA budget issues.
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Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Date: April 30, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides responses to frequently asked questions about health care provided to veterans through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). It is intended to serve as a quick reference to provide easy access to information. Where applicable, it provides the legislative background pertaining to the question.
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Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: This report examines the eligibility criteria and the fundamentals of the VA-administered disability benefit programs and related issues. It supplements and condenses the relevant materials that are available from the VA and its website. It also provides specific citations for further information and more in-depth analysis of information contained herein.
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Educational Assistance Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Educational Assistance Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: March 15, 2011
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report provides a detailed description of the six educational assistance programs that are available to veterans or other eligible individuals through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Although the programs are administered by the VA, some of the funding for the programs is provided by the Department of Defense (DOD), which transfers monies from its education trust fund to the VA for disbursement.
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GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

Date: October 22, 2012
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report describes the GI Bills enacted prior to 2008. Although participation in the programs has ended or is declining, the programs' evolution and provisions inform current policy. Included is a description of the eligibility requirements, eligible programs of education, benefit availability, and benefits. The report also provides some summary statistics, comparisons between the programs, and brief discussions of related programs.
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Military Benefits for Former Spouses: Legislation and Policy Issues

Military Benefits for Former Spouses: Legislation and Policy Issues

Date: January 12, 2011
Creator: Burrelli, David F.
Description: The purpose of this report is to provide a general discussion of legislative provisions and proposals relating to the military benefits for former spouses.
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Legal Issues Related to Proving "Service Connection" for VA Disability Compensation: Statutory Presumptions

Legal Issues Related to Proving "Service Connection" for VA Disability Compensation: Statutory Presumptions

Date: October 18, 2010
Creator: Nichols, James E.
Description: This report focuses on several statutory presumptions that relate to the second element of a service-connected claim for disability compensation, and synthesizes the legal principles that guide the Department of Veterans Affairs' application of the statutory presumptions during the claims adjudication process. Specifically, this report will discuss the "presumption of soundness," the presumption of aggravation of a pre-existing injury or disease, the "line of duty" presumption, and finally, the "combat veteran" presumption, all of which are codified at Title 38 of the United States Code.
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Overview of the Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Overview of the Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Date: July 16, 2012
Creator: Shedd, Daniel T.
Description: This report covers the current appeal process for veterans benefit claims. It ends with a description of current proposed legislation to alter the process.
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